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Conservatives Lose Their Word

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death of the Tea Party The Tea Party movement of ten years ago is now comprehensively dead. How do we know that? Because Republicans and Democrats in Congress just got together on a budget deal that approves deficits in excess of $1 trillion forever—at a time […]

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Declaring Independence from Independence

The big question about the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican Party is: will he be an aberration, a temporary departure from the normal rhetorical style and ideological composite of late-20th-Century conservatism—or will he usher in a “new normal,” a new baseline for what the party stands for and what it will tolerate? We’re […]

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How Politics Works

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I was very pleased to see my recent article, “Why I Don’t ‘Believe’ in Science,” picked up by Judith Curry, a distinguished atmospheric scientist who is skeptical of global warming—exactly the sort of person to whom I want to offer this kind of intellectual ammunition. Her […]

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A Little More Enlightenment

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. A Little More Enlightenment I recently re-posted my series of articles from last year on the legacy of the Enlightenment, including my review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. One year after the publication of that book, Steven Pinker looks back, in an article in Quillette, and responds […]

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Are We All Colluding with the Russians?

Top Stories of the Year: #3 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. I have been unenthusiastic about covering the still-unfolding set of scandals, or possible scandals, involving Donald Trump and his various associates. There’s an awful lot […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I concluded that genuine political reforms have to be pursued almost in secret, outside of normal partisan lines. Actual activity certainly does not correlate with the degree of press coverage. The biggest non-story of the year, in that regard, was gun control. Shooting incidents are rare and—contrary to […]

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The Psycho-Epistemology of Pathological Altruism

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Psycho-Epistemology of Pathological Altruism By now, we all know what to expect on college campuses, right? Here’s the latest: an Indian-American comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer was shooed off the stage at Columbia University—they literally cut off his microphone—for telling jokes that were offensive […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 1

The first episode of Salon of the Refused, my new podcast and video series, is now available. To listen to the audio via the podcast, click here: Or watch the video on YouTube: I’m also working on setting up a Patreon for Salon of the Refused and will post the link when available. In the […]

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The Battle of the Blind

Which party is going to come out ahead in next month’s midterm congressional elections? Don’t ask me. Our politics has gone through the looking glass, and I have no idea how to make predictions any more. But I have noticed a peculiar pattern. Both sides seem intent on burrowing into their bubbles, reinforcing their own […]

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Demography and Destiny

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death Wish of the “Liberals,” Part 1 After I published my follow-up on Charlottesville, Dave Marcus posted a piece in The Federalist on the tiny little white nationalist rally in Washington, DC, which was outnumbered at least five-to-one by the media and probably two-hundred-to-one by counter-protesters. […]

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